The Lute Society: Meetings


For lute playing opportunities, see:

Lute society meetings are free for all to attend, although there is usually a charge if you wish to attend the recital at the end of the meeting.

Agendas from previous meetings are available.

Unless otherwise noted, meetings are generally held at the Dutch Church, 7 Austin Friars, London EC2N 2HA (nearest tubes: Bank, Liverpool Street).

Next meeting


Our Spring meeting will be a varied and very international affair, with an introduction to continuo playing on the d-minor tuned ‘baroque lute’ based on historical sources, by Peter Croton (with duo performances), a talk on a the plucked-string instruments in a famous painting by Antiveduto Gramatica by David Rebuffa, and its reconstruction by Antonio Dattis and lots of live music, from Massimo Marchese, and from Kristiina Watt and Madeline de Berrie performing music by Kapsberger and Castaldi, and a final recital of duets by Peter Croton and Bor Zuljan.

No need to book - all welcome, just turn up, and bring friends and family. The day is free, except for the final recital, tickets £15 including wine, tea, and home-made cake, on sale during the day, concessions on request.

If you are booking an advanced train ticket, our recitals usually end around 5.45 pm and always by 6 pm when we vacate the hall.

Dates in 2024 for your diary

  • March 7th-10th Benslow Lutefest
  • March 18th, Flow my beers night, early music in a London pub, Red Lion pub, Moorgate, 7pm
  • May 4th
  • July 13th, Lute Society summer party, Maidenhead, music from Peter Martin, Lynda Sayce
  • September 7th
  • September 28th, Yorkshire playing day
  • November 16th

Pictures from meetings

See a selection of pictures from meetings

Annual Benslow Lutefest March 97h-10th, 2024

We have an annual residential weekend, currently held at Benslow Music in Hitchin. We offer bursaries to students every year to attend. See some recent reflections and review for LuteFest 2020. The next Benslow Lutefest will be held on March 7th-10th 2024 with Jacob Heringman, Lynda Sayce, Matthew Spring, Sara Stowe, and two other teachers tba.

Upcoming lute events and concerts

See listings of upcoming events

International events: other national lute societies´meetings


- Jan 20th, Scottish Lute and Early Guitar Society meeting at , Chris Elmes place, 1F1 25 Haddington Place, EH7 4AF, from 1pm, their traditional style of meeting where members give talks and play instruments followed by tea and cake. Eventbrite link:
- Mar 16th, Societa del Liuto online meeting, 11am European time, Domenico Cerasani,
- Mar 23rd, Scottish Lute and Early Guitar Society meeting, 11/3 Brandon Street, Edinburgh, EH3 5DX, from 1pm
- April 6th-7th, Societe Francaise de Luth, 40th anniversary party, Chapelle Saint Thomas d'Aquin, 3 place St.Thomas d'Aquin, 75007 Paris,
- April 7th, Societa del Liuto online meeting, 11am European time, Michele Pasotti
- May 4th, Societa del Liuto online meeting, 11am European time, Tiziano Bagnati
- June 23rd-29th, Cleveland Lute Fest 2024, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio

2023 for historical interest

  • March 25th, Zoom meeting of the Societa Italiana del Liuto
  • April 1st-2nd, Societe Francaise de Luth, annual meeting, Chapelle Saint Thomas d'Aquin, 3 place St.Thomas d'Aquin, 75007 Paris, contact:
  • April 8th, Zoom meeting of the Societa Italiana del Liuto
  • May 4th, Zoom meeting of the Societa Italiana del Liuto
  • May 20th Scottish Lute and Early Guitar Society meeting, Edinburgh
  • May 21st-23rd Deutsche Lautengesellschaft meeting at Burg Sternberg, near Lemgo, Germany,
  • June 25th, Nederlands Luit Vereniging, meeting, Centrale Bibliotheek, Spui 68, Den Haag, Muziekverdieping (5e etage)
  • July 8th, meeting of the Scottish Lute and Early Guitar Society, Edinburgh
  • July 9th-16th, Lute Society of America Lutefest East at Amherst Early Music Festival
  • July 30-August 5th Lute Society of America online Lutefest
  • September 16th, Raphael Mest lute conference and concert, Linkoping, Sweden,
  • October 1, à Foranim, 48 rue Bargue 75015 Paris, Concerts de rentrée de la Société Française de Luth
  • October 14-15, Italian lute society meeting, Roma
  • October 15th Belgian lute day
  • October, Grand Lute Festival, Rome, date tba
  • November 1-3 Tablature in Western Music Study Group Meeting, Tours, 2023 Meeting, Tours, at the Centre d’Etudes Supèrieures de la Renaissance.
  • November 18th, European Lute Orchestra concert, Prato
  • November 25th-26th, Nederlands Luitvereiniging 40th anniversary celebration, Utrechtse Muziekschool, Domplein, Utrecht

Back list of virtual meetings on our Youtube Channel

Prompted by the Covid pandemic, since 2020 we have regularly made films of our meetings for people anywhere in the world to see and enjoy.
You can find them all here:
or here